Quick and Easy Buying Guide

Carat weight: 1 carat = 200 milligrams = 6.5 mm diameter. Doubling weight doesn't double diameter.

Diamond clarity: FL/IF/VVS/VS = super expensive, near perfect. SI = best value if you can check a photo for obvious inclusions (defects).


Color: D-G = colorless, expensive, only if you have money to burn. H-J = best value. Can go lower in gold metal settings than white metal.

Cut: Better cut ratings let more light into a diamond, making it sparkle more. Very important property, don't skimp here.

Set a budget and minimum cut (Premium). Go J color for gold and I/H for white metals. Go searching for SI1/SI2 clarity diamonds at James Allen. Pick a diamond with small/no inclusions. Choose a ring setting and buy it risk-free (60-day returns).

$8760 Gets One A 1.34 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Because the photo here is at high magnification, you can look over it carefully to try and find any large inclusions or defects that are often seen on diamonds in the SI clarity range.

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The G color of this diamond provides value for your dollar, since it is not a member of the expensive premium color grades D-F. While not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this diamond means it is significantly cheaper, because you're not forking out money for a "perfectly" cut diamond.

This SI1 clarity stone is a potential great bargain, with the proviso it is eye clean. Try examining the high resolution photo in detail to check whether the diamond looks good from above, which;this is where it will mostly be seen from.

The size of this diamond is 1.34 carats - but make sure you check out the other diamonds for sale with that same 1.34 weight which might have a more desirable combination of properties and price.

For $8760, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone; ensure that you are harsh in your judgement as you look at this stone. The Girdle Thickness for this stone is "Thin to medium" - you can consult my article on girdle thickness if you want to find out more concerning how girdle thickness can be important.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.34

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $8760

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.8%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.05*7.10*4.38

Item number: 1347020

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